Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #5)The Secret Place by Tana French (Dublin Murder Squad #5)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Mystery/Crime

Frank, Stephen and Holly are all three back in The Secret Place, they were all three in Faithful Place. If you read Faithful Place you will know that Frank's brother killed someone and his daughter Holly had to testify against him with the help of Stephen who arrested him. Tana's characters always tie in so well from story to story as the main character changes. Okay. So Holly has grown up quite a bit and is now attending St. Kilda's, an all girl's boarding school, which of course Frank can't afford but his ex-wife, whom he is trying to work things out with, can. Holly's best friends, Selena, Jules, and Becca all go to St. Kilda's to and they all room together. St. Kilda's has a bulletin board where the girls can anonymously post their secrets and Holly comes to see Stephen saying she found a secret that says "I know who killed him", him being Christopher Harper who got his head bashed in one night on the grounds of St. Kilda's. So Stephen takes the note to the detective in the murder squad who worked the case, Antoinette Conway, and the investigation that had went cold is suddenly on fire. Not having a partner and because Stephen gave her the note Detective Conway decides to let Stephen along for the ride to St. Kilda's to find out who put up the note and do they really know who killed Chris Harper or is this just a gag? I like YA Fiction but for some reason all the girl's and their constant backstabbing stories in the book just annoyed the crap out of me, this is the big reason the rating I will be giving the book at the end of the this post is so low compared to her other books. This is just my opinion so this shouldn't deter you to much from picking up this book if you can handle all the drama that goes with it. Detective Conway and Stephen question the girls that had access to the board later in the evening which was only two groups: Holly and her friends and their arch rival's, Joanne, Gemma, Orla, and Alison, who are supposedly the cool kids but are so stuck up I bet not one single girl in that school left there unscorned by this group. There is a constant back and forth as the girls continually blame each other for putting up the note. See Chris Harper was a ladies man so both Joanne and Selena have quite the motive for wanting Chris dead. Thanks to the fact that they got access to Chris's text messages Conway and Stephen were able to start unrivaling the she said, no she said, bull from coming from the girls. Holly's dad, Frank, shows up so that they can question his daughter more aggressively, for both the detectives know that she is definitely holding something back. Weaving back and forth between all these girls was definitely a buzz kill for me as I stated above but the reasons for the actual murder was so juvenile, yes I know these kids are teenagers but still where is their sense of right and wrong. Quite a tale but not one of my favorite books by her.

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